Watching the Technicals for Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA): Moving Average Rating at Strong Buy

As we move deeper into earnings season, investors and analysts will be closely watching which companies look they are getting things right. Many investors will be following which companies beat or miss the estimates by a wide margin. Large surprise factors can cause a stock to jump or fall shortly after the actual numbers are released. Investors may also be tracking which industry leaders come out on top during the latest round of earnings reports. Tracking the sectors that are poised for growth may help give the investor a good idea for the types of stocks they may want to add to the portfolio as we get closer to the end of the current calendar year.

As traders scan the equity market, they may be using Simple Moving Averages to help figure out where a stock is headed. Following some SMA levels for Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA), we can see that the 10 day is 83.7435, the 20 day is 82.191, and the 30 day is 82.75 for Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA). Tracking some other time periods, we note that the 50 day SMA is 83.698288 , the 100 day is 83.624852 , and the 200 day SMA is currently 81.270226.

Dedicated traders will often pay close attention to Exponential Moving Average levels. EMA study can help guide traders when gauging market strength. We can see the following EMA levels on Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA):

30 day Exponential Moving Average: 83.10904475
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 83.18442885
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 82.86491881
10 day Exponential Moving Average: 83.59752954
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 83.1404124
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 81.86259685

The HMA or Hull Moving Average for the stock is presently 84.38340741. The HMA may help with technical analysis by reducing lag and heightening responsiveness. Traders often find that following this indicator helps with reduction of noise.

Investors following Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) can see that the stock most recently closed at 83.74
Past 3 months: 7.7170418
One year change: 18.92928145
Year-to-date: 9.27713987
Past week: 4.3483678
Past month: -2.61627907

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Scanning through some ratings, we note that the current Oscillator Rating on the stock is a “Buy”. The Moving Average Rating is sitting at a “Strong Buy”. Traders may use these signals in conjunction with other indicators in order to set up the chart for future trading success.

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 84.38340741 for Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA). The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 79.5. The 20 period upper band reading is 85.38. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Putting a closer focus on shares of Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA), we see that since the opening price of 84.15, the stock has moved -0.41. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Buy. Volume today clocks in around 56614. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at  84.42 and seen a low price of 83.7. 

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